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Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek

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Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, on Sunday 7th October 2012 Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek and his son Deputy Agriculture Minister Chua Tee Yong should debate economic policies with facts and sound arguments and not make… Read More

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    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconNovember 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Liew Chin Tong shared Pusat Komuniti Pakatan Rakyat Kluang's status update.

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    Pusat Komuniti Pakatan Rakyat Kluang

    Pagi ini, kami telah menghubungi Unit Perkhidmatan Pelanggan Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) untuk bertanya tentang permulaan laluan perjalanan antara JB Sentral-Woodlands, Singapura yang dijadualkan pada 1 Disember.

    Melalui perbualan tersebut, kami dapat berkongsi maklumat di bawah untuk rujukan anda semua:

    1. Terdapat dua jenis tiket keretapi iaitu pas bulanan dan tiket harian. Bagi tiket harian, tiket sehala dan tiket ulang-alik ditetapkan pada kadar RM 5 dan RM 10 masing-masing. Terdapat sedikit kekeliruan maklumat tentang harga pas bulanan, di mana pihak KTM memberitahu bahawa harga pas ditetapkan pada RM240 manakala pihak stesen JB Sentral menjual pas pada harga RM 244.

    2. Anda boleh membeli pas bulanan di stesen Woodlands di Singapura dengar kadar harga $SGD240, iaitu matawang Singapore Dollar. Harganya lebih mahal berbanding jika dibeli di Malaysia.

    3. Pas bulanan boleh didapati mulai pada 27 November, kaunter akan dibuka dari jam 8:30 pagi hingga 9 malam. Walau bagaimanapun, kami diberitahu oleh staf JB Sentral bahawa penjualan tiket hanya bermula pada 28 November. Sila hubungi pejabat JB Sentral untuk mengesahkan tarikh dan masa pembelian sebenar (07-2234727).

    4. Pas bulanan hanya boleh didapati di JB Sentral dan tidak boleh didapati di stesen keretapi lain ataupun atas talian.

    5. Tempat duduk adalah atas dasar "free-seating" (bebas memilih). Anda mungkin terpaksa berdiri sepanjang perjalanan.

    Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari http://www.ktmb.com.my, hubungi talian KTMB 1300-88-5862 ataupun JB Sentral
    07-2234727.

    Harap maklumat tersebut boleh dapat membantu anda semua

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    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconNovember 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Walaupun mengalu-alukan kemungkinan penurunan harga minyak RON95 dan diesel, DAP mengambil sikap berhati-hati dan menggesa kerajaan membentangkan mekanisme kaedah ‘pengapungan terkawal’ yang akan digunakan.

    Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong berkata, kerajaan perlu merangka langkah yang akan diambil bagi meringankan beban rakyat sekiranya harga minyak mentah global kembali meningkat.

    “Harga minyak mentah global sememangnya sudah turun lebih murah daripada harga RON95 (RM2.30) dan diesel (RM2.20).

    “Seperti yang disebut berulang kali, sejak 31 Oktober lalu rakyat telah pun seperti membayar ‘cukai minyak’. Maka kami mengalu-alukan, walaupun tetap berhati-hati, kemungkinannya turunnya harga minyak dan diesel.

    “Kami menggesa kerajaan mendedahkan kaedah dan formula sistem ‘pengapungan terkawal’ – atau dipanggil ‘apungan kotor’ oleh pemain industri – yang akan digunakan untuk menjaga ketelusan,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu kenyataan.

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    Dedah mekanisme harga minyak segera | roketkini.com

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    Berita Dedah mekanisme harga minyak segera 21 November 2014 KUALA LUMPUR, 21 NOV: Walaupun mengalu-alukan kemungkinan penurunan harga minyak RON95 dan diesel, DAP mengambil sikap berhati-hati dan menggesa kerajaan membentangkan mekanisme kaedah ‘pengapungan terkawal’ yang akan digunakan. Ahli Parlim…

    Liew Chin Tong
    November 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Left a meeting at Mid-Valley at 530p.m, drove to every directions, all congested. Reached Kajang at 830p.m.

    Najib told Parliament when presenting Budget 2015 that "this is due to the increase in number of vehicles from 13.6 million units in 2008 to 23.7 million units in 2013."

    There is no way that we can build enough highways to cater for such a huge rise in newly registered vehicles.

    Public transport is the only way out. However, when BN governments thought about public transport, it is MRT, LRT - essentially big contracts for the cronies.

    We should go back to the basics: build an efficiently functioning bus based system.

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconNovember 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Nasib Najib dan ekonomi

    Berapa lama lagi Datuk Seri Najib Razak mampu mengekalkan jawatan Perdana Menteri? Apa cabaran yang dihadapi Malaysia dan apakah masa depan UMNO?

    Selain daripada Tunku Abdul Rahman dan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Najib menjadi Perdana Menteri yang paling lama berkuasa kerana Tun Abdul Razak hanya memegang jawatan untuk tempoh 5 tahun 4 bulan; sementara Tun Hussein Onn 5 tahun 6 bulan; Tun Abdullah Badawi 5 tahun 5 bulan dan Najib kini sudah menjangkau 5 tahun 7 bulan.

    Sokongan terhadap Najib di kalangan masyarakat Melayu telah menjunam ke tahap yang tidak lagi memuaskan. Satu-satunya sagu hati yang mampu merawat luka Najib adalah popularitinya masih lebih tinggi berbanding kerajaan Barisan Nasional secara keseluruhannya.

    Baca selanjutnya: http://liewchintong.com/?p=7685

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    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconNovember 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Disclose fuel price mechanism now

    The DAP cautiously welcomes the potential reduction of RON95 and diesel pump prices and calls on the Barisan Nasional Government to disclose the new managed float system immediately.

    First, the DAP cautiously welcomes the potential savings for consumers as the global crude oil price has already fallen below the current pump price of RM2.30 for RON95 and RM2.20 for diesel. As repeatedly highlighted by DAP and Pakatan Rakyat since 31st October 2014, Malaysians are indeed already paying a “fuel tax” without one being imposed.

    Second, the Government must disclose the formula for the managed float, which industrial players call “dirty float”, for greater transparency.

    Third, the Government must also draw up a plan of what it would do in the event that the petrol price rises again to ease the burden of the people.

    Fourth, in the long run, the Government must invest a lot more to create an efficient and affordable public transportation system so that the Malaysian public will rely less on private vehicles, hence end our dependence on petroleum.

    In hindsight, the criticism against the recent October 2014 petrol hike by the Opposition is proven right that the Government was raising pump prices at a time when global crude oil prices were falling. After the ensuing panic arising from the chain effect of the price hike, the government is now forced to make a u-turn.

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